Tuesday, July 4, 2017

Stinkin' Inkers Summer Heat

My first thought that came to me when I found out we were using Summer Heat at Stinkin' Inkers was water! Now that I live in Colorado, and I'm older, I don't get to hang out in the water like I used to as a youngster.  I was fortunate to have a pool in my backyard and spent many a days imagining a scene at the bottom of my pool just like this:

What I Used to Make my Card:
White Card Base
Hero Arts My Monthly Hero Kit, May 2017
Oxide Inks
Watercolor Paper
Hero Arts Intense Black Ink
Distress Markers in Tattered Rose and Pumice Stone
Tim Holtz/Sizzix Labels, #660060
Distress Sprayer
Craft Mat
Studio G Self Adhesive Assorted Pearls
Studio Katia Clear Round Drops Mix, #SK2410

I started out making the ocean background using just two of the Oxide inks, Broken China and Faded Jeans.  I applied the colors directly to the watercolor paper, trying (but
While Coloring
not too hard) to keep the lighter blue closer to the top of the paper.  I spritzed the colors with the Distress Sprayer, added some Cracked Pistachio, sprayed, and then let it dry overnight.  I reworked the background until I liked it, which is one of my very favorite things to do with Oxide Inks. 

I then took a piece of 8 1/2 x 11 white card and inked every color I had in about 2 inch increments (sorry, I forgot to take pictures before I cut them all up), basically each color had it's own area.  I inked the solidly, no spots of white let at all.   Then I sprayed them once and dried them with the heat gun.  Once they were fully dry (very important! You will rip your paper if it isn't absolutely dry! Well, at least I have) I proceeded to cut out the various undersea fauna supplied in the kit. The colors were so pretty it was a struggle to decide what to use!  

When I had cut all the fauna, I die cut the sentiment out of the Tim/Holtz Labels set, edged it with Broken China and set it aside.  I used the Hero Arts kit to die
cut the clam and a few fishes.  I colored the clam with Tattered Rose,  Pumice Stone Distress Markers and stuck the pearl onto the center.  I colored the fishes with Spiced Marmalade & Cracked Pistachio Distress Inks by mushing a bit of ink onto my craft mat and using a water brush. 

Once I had the placement down, I attached the watercolor paper to a while card base, fiddled and fooled with the various fauna and finally figured it out, decided where I wanted the sentiment, clam and the fishes to reside.  I left the tops of some of the fauna unglued so I could tuck sea creatures behind if I chose to. The bubbles from the fish are just amazingly cute! I am very proud of this card and I hope you adore it as much as I do!
Another Look - Click to enlarge :)
Please find some time during the festivities (you have ALL month!) to join us at Stinkin' Inkers with your version of Summer Heat! ~ Christi
Just a gentle reminder!! Please be safe and keep an eye on your four legged critters - keep them inside during the fireworks; the Fourth of July is when most animals run away from home and go missing due to the noise. Keep your furbabies safe and inside (also, some animals need to be tranquilized due to the noise. If your dog is fearful of thunderstorms, he's going to be scared of the fireworks; be sure to ask your vet for medication early!)  Just a little reminder because I know you love your animals as much as I love mine (and cats can run away just like dogs!) 

I am entering my Summer Heat card in the following challenges:
Addicted to Stamps Challenge - #151, Summer/Beach/Holidays
Do-Al(l) Creatives - M, #7, Cool Water
DL Art - Thankful Thursday, #207, Summer Fun
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge - Anything Goes
a2z scrapbooking - M, Anything Goes
The Papergirls - M, #131, Seashells, Sea or Beachy
Paperminutes - #494, Sea, Beach, Etc.


  1. This caught my eye as I linked to SS Weds (Umm... I'm #689... holy smokes)... anyways, looks cool!

  2. So pretty! Thanks so much for linking this gorgeous creation up at a2z!

  3. Gorgeous colors, Christi, and a lovely underwater scene! Thanks for sharing it with us at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  4. Great card! Love the background you have created!
    Thanks for playing along with us at our present challenge at Do-Al(l) Kreatives and good luck! Hope you will join us next month again.

    *DT + Admin* Do-Al(l) Kreatives {#7 – Cool wet – A small cooling / refreshment due?}
    *DT* Craft Rocket Challenges
    Alex' Kreative Seite

  5. Fabulous card, love the blending on your background x

  6. It's beatyfool undersee picture :) Hugs Ella DT Do Al(l) Kreatives

  7. Beautiful card! I love the oxide ink background!
    Thanks for joining us Paper Girls for our Challenge this week!

  8. Just a gorgeous water colour treatment and I love your little pearl in the oyster! Thanks for sharing at PaperGirls!

  9. Great job creating the scenic background
    Thanks for joining us at Addicted to Stamps
    Julie T

  10. Wow.. that's just amazing. I love the background you have created by yourself - fab idea and wonderful colours. It's an awesome creation.

    Thanks for playing along with our Do-Al(l) Kreatives Challenge and good luck!

    Kleido’s BastelSt├╝ble
    *Owner* Do-Al(l) Kreatives (#7 – Cool Wet – a small cool/refreshment due?)
    *DT* Die Sketchtanten

  11. Very pretty ocean scene!! The background is awesome!! Thanks for joining in the fun at a2z.

  12. Fantastic sea scene. I love it. So rich in colors. So glad you joined us at A2Z Scrapbooking.

  13. Lovely work, thanks so much for linking in with us at a2z.

  14. Great vibrant colors! Love the layout.
    Thanks for linking up in our monthly theme challenge at A2ZScrappbooking.
    ♥ Monica
    My personal Blog - Taylormadecards4u

  15. Love the "story" your card presents; beautiful background. Thanks for joining us at a2z Scrapbooking.


  16. I love this underwater creation you made! All the colors are great! Thanks for joining with us at A2Z scrapbooking!

  17. Great card, Christi - love your background!


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